The '''Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)''' is a private, nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. state of Minnesota
. It was founded by the Minnesota Territory|territorial Minnesota Legislature|legislature
in 1849, almost a decade before History of Minnesota#Statehood|statehood
. The Society is named in the Minnesota Constitution
. It is headquartered in the Minnesota History Center
in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota|St. Paul
MNHS currently holds a collection of nearly 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, 165,000 historical artifacts, 800,000 archaeological items, of manuscripts, of government records, 5,500 paintings, prints and drawings; and 1,300 moving image items.